5 minutes with Jeff Tymoschuk
An interview with Jeff Tymoschuk, one of the composers of the album Spirited, from Fired Earth Music.
If you could pick three movies, past or present that your tracks could advertise what would they be?
I’m a huge fan of everything Pixar does, the melody for Midnight Food Fight actually popped into my head after finding a mouse in our kitchen, so Ratatouille would be a pretty excellent one. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs would be another, it had the nice balance of adventure and comedy, and oddly enough, Rodney Dangerfield’s Back To School…
Of the six tracks you wrote for Spirited, can you tell us which were the highlights for you and why?
Each piece has been my favourite at one point or another. Deliciously Perky was the first one written and was done right after I finished work on a horror movie, so being about as far away from a horror cue as it could be was a great change of pace. Midnight Food Fightand Run Fox, Run were both just pure fun to write. Farewell of Kinsmen was a great chance to do something a little different than the rest and go a little more on the sweeping romantic side of things. I’d written music for a couple of James Bond video games years ago, so Walkie-Talkie was a return to that, and any time you get a chance to play wockachicka guitar you’ve got to take it. And then The Sweetest Dream, which was extra special for me.
What inspired you when writing these cues?
At the time I got the call to work on the project, my son was four months old, and despite my best intentions, with adapting to being a first time dad and a heavy workload I hadn’t had a chance to write something with him in mind. So getting asked to write a bedtime story piece, that was going to be played by live orchestra? I couldn’t say yes fast enough, and looking for inspiration on that one in particular wasn’t very hard.
What other exciting projects have you been working on in the last twelve months?
It’s been a really busy year, with lots of variety. In addition to the Fired Earth project, I scored a horror film called Below Zero starring Edward Furlong and Michael Berryman, which should hopefully be coming out sometime soon. I also scored an as-yet-unannounced AAA video game that unfortunately I can’t talk about, but it was a very action packed score, which was a lot of fun. And this week I’m starting on a film called Tasmanian Devils that’ll be on the SyFy Channel later in the year. Lots of stuff to keep me in front of my computer!